NEW DELHI: In a new twist to the case of Sunanda Pushkar’s death, the final post-mortem report submitted to Delhi police on September 30 reveals that her death was ‘unnatural’ and that she died due to poison in her body.
The final report, prepared by the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, after examining the viscera report, pointed out that the reason for her death was ‘poison’ and not the overdose of Alprax.
The new revelation contradicts the preliminary autopsy report that stated that Alprax was found in Pushkar’s body.
The report also states that Sunanda was not suffering from Lupus (a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks tissues and organs) as claimed by her husband Shashi Tharoor.
The report demolished several previous findings that claimed Sunanda was not suffering from any ailments and that she was healthy and had no disease of heart, kidney, liver or lung.
“Hemorrhagic patches were all over the stomach mucosa and the lungs were congested. The lungs weighed 400 grams more than normal,” stated the report. It also questioned police for not providing the bed-sheet and mattress on which Sunanda was found dead, as that also requires analysis.
“The report only says poison in the body. The Medical Board has reserved comments on specific poison. It states that there are a lot of limitations on the viscera report,” a top police officer said about the probe.
The report was prepared by a panel of three doctors of AIIMS — Shashank Pooniya, Adarsh Kumar and Sudhir Gupta. The two empty wrappers of Alprax found in the hotel room are still a mystery. “There were 14 injury marks, including teeth marks across her body. Sunanda had urinated on her bed before her death,” said a source.
Tharoor had also stated that Sunanda was depressed and police had assumed that she might have committed suicide.
Even 10 days after getting the report, the police are still unsure what steps they would take as they have not yet filed an FIR in this matter. Till now, police are conducting inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC.
The police said they have not registered a murder case as none of Sunanda’s kin have come forward to lodge a complaint against Tharoor.